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Henry Threadgill at Tilton Gallery

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Henry Threadgill Tilton Gallery Plain as plain, in plain sight New York City November 17, 2017 Henry Threadgill is writing a memoir. Or has written it. Or is asking people to write it for him. It may be an audiobook. It might not be about the events of his life, but it seemingly is, or will be, about the events of Nov. 17 and 18. Or maybe none of this is true.

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet At FlynnSpace

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The Brian McCarthy Quartet FlynnSpace Burlington, Vermont December 2, 2017 A performance in recognition of the release of its album Codex (Self Produced, 2017), The Brian McCarthy Quartet effectively transposed the sparse, spacious quality of the recording to this intimate venue adjacent to the Queen City's Performing Arts Center. In keeping with the stoic, scholarly demeanor of the leader, the celebratory air of this milestone event was subdued, but not so much there wasn't ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation

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Listening For The Secret: The Grateful Dead And The Politics Of Improvisation Ulf Olsson 184 Pages ISBN: 978-0520286641 University of California Press 2017 The Grateful Dead, possibly the most heavily documented band ever, was under one form of microscope or another from its inception in Palo Alto, California in 1965. Music critics, academics, the FBI, all have attempted to understand the cultural phenomenon that was The Grateful Dead--and in doing so it seems, ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Daniel Rosenthal: Music in the Room

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Trumpeter Daniel Rosenthal and his fellow hornists have all performed with the fabled, Either / Orchestra which to some extent has been an institution for many top-flight Boston area jazz musicians. Here, the leader and the dual sax attack of Charles Kohlhase and Rick Stone incorporate brash and fluid soloing into a program that contains a divergent track mix and covers a multitude of angles, cadences and improvisational applications. Luther Gray has long been a drummer of choice ...

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Holiday 2017 III - Popular

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Finally! We make it to the finish line of another year. Here are some popular Holiday music fare. David Ian Vintage Christmas Trio Prescott Records 2017 Pianist David Ian has made a cottage industry around mid-century piano-trio jazz, a la the Vince Guaraldi Mad Men cultural axis. Ian follows up a particularly fruitful 2014 Holiday Jon Estes who has been along for the since the beginning and drummer Josh Hunt who has ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Hristo Vitchev: Of Light and Shadows

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Vitchev's latest effort is another jewel in his growing catalogue of widespread genres. Given Vitchev's warmly ambitious range of projects, he may soon be able to center his own multi-themed festival. This presents his current, contemporary style quartet in an impressive showcase. The SF bay area group's core has played together in various ensembles for years, and their cohesive evolution is demonstrated throughout. Vitchev gives his band mates plenty of room to groove from the opening track on, ...

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Another Timbre Celebrates Its First Decade

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Another Timbre's autumn 2017 batch of albums is highly significant for the label and its proprietor, Simon Reynell. The four recordings came out almost exactly a decade after the label's first release in November 2007. These new releases take the label's tally of released discs past 150, a formidable ten-year total that would be the envy of many another label. Just as impressive has been the range and quality of the music issued on Another Timbre, making its name synonymous ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Peter Parcek: Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven

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Ably aided and abetted as is Peter Parcek on Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, he never runs the risk of his own contributions being overshadowed by the esteemed likes of his guests including North Mississippi Allstars' Luther Dickinson, Muscle Shoals veteran Spooner Oldham and long-time Willie Nelson band member Micky Raphael. he guitarist/vocalist/songwriter acquits himself so stylishly during the course of this album, those high-profile names fully integrate themselves within this project so that the music remains the focus. ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jimmy Dawkins: The Chicago Blues Box 2

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It's a strange but true story: how a French woman schoolteacher, reared on classical music and Gallic chansons, came to play a major role in reviving the fortunes of Chicago blues in the 1970s. Marcelle Chailleux was introduced to the blues by Jacques Morgantini, a founder member of the Hot Club de France. Jacques played her his 78 rpm record of Muddy Waters singing “Honey Bee" and Marcelle was hooked--"I didn't know it was ...


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